(717) 540-5345
2233 Paxton Church Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Harrisburg Martial Arts

Begin the adventure of self-discovery, empowerment,
and unlimited potential while getting in great shape!

About Our School

Improve Your Life With Secret Martial Arts Benefits

Welcome to the family!

Our Harrisburg Martial Arts school might just seem like a place to get fit and learn self-defense... but to us it’s so much more. When you train with us you’ll experience a place where you fit in, no matter what your background or fitness experience is.

You’ll get into phenomenal shape, learn exciting self-defense skills, and experience personal growth that has improved the lives of each of our students. The physical transformation you’ll enjoy is fantastic, but the mindset and attitude you’ll develop is what’s truly amazing.

We’ll help you get next level fit, but below are a few of the more subtle changes our students experience in our classes as well.

#1 Huge Confidence Gains

Learning new skills and tasks is difficult. One of the first things both children AND adults notice when training is that they don’t get to have super-star kung fu movie style moves without some serious work. As you dig in, and put yourself to the test mentally and physically, you’ll realize something…

You’ll realize that through all of your hard work, by listening to your instructors, and showing up for yourself - you are incredibly capable of smashing your goals. This sense of achievement gives our students HUGE boosts in confidence.

As you learn striking, self-defense moves, or even learn how to do a push up for the first time you’ll proudly pat yourself on the back and feel great about the person you’re becoming. We love to see this trait develop in our students.

#2 Full on Focus

Martial Arts is incredibly fun! You’ll learn all sorts of new skills and techniques like striking drills, defensive moves, and even super-secret functional cardio drills. But...when you learn a new skill, you have to stay fully focused on the instructor, what they’re telling you and then do what you just learned.

The cool thing is that this intense concentration naturally pours into other areas of your life when you develop this laser like focus. It’s one of the most amazing perks of martial arts. Some people call it getting in the zone, unlocking your untapped potential, or peak performance.

Call it whatever you want, but one thing is true - you’ll learn how to focus your mind and perform tasks you once thought were impossible.

#3 Break Through Physical Fitness Barriers

No matter what your starting level is, you will get better with these classes! Each class is loaded with challenging and fun techniques that will teach you powerful martial arts and give you an amazing workout.

Since you are measured by your own personal success, our students see improvements quickly and are able to celebrate their personal victories along the way.

Our functional, body weight focused training helps you move your body and uses everything from your head to your toes. These workouts are high-energy, crazy fun, and get you running lean in no time.

Plus...being physically fit boosts energy, mental clarity, and confidence as well!

#4 Community Connections

Get ready because your circle of influence is about to grow... big time! We're a tight-knit group here and everyone is all about support and friendship. As you struggle through tough training times, and smile through wins and victories, you’ll have your martial arts family right there to help and cheer you on. 

Friendship, encouragement, and high fives are part of every class. As you train together, you and your classmates will form an amazing bond. It's just an indescribable feeling.

#5 My Personal Favorite - FUN!

These classes are NOT military-style where someone shouts at you and forces you to do a bunch of things you hate. No, these classes are filled with FUN! Smiles, laughter and high fives happen in every class and the time flies by.

We want you to enjoy coming here, so we make it as fun and engaging as possible for you. That goes for both kids and adults.

Make your fitness dreams come true while learning how to empower yourself and achieve greater success. 

You need us and we need you. Together we’re a dynamic force of fitness power to change lives and bring back JOY in taking charge of your life. Because of this -

We’re offering a limited time 100% money back guarantee on all web specials. So, if we’re not a good fit for you, we understand. Chances are though, you’ll love it here, but if not – just use the money-back guarantee and find a better fit. 

Like we said, we’re serious about helping you achieve life-changing results and having a higher quality of life. 

Meaningful relationships.

Immediate and lasting success.

If you’re comfortable signing up over the internet, we highly recommend it so you can take full advantage of the money-back guarantee. If not, feel free to give us a call: (717) 540-5345

Looking forward to meeting you in person!

Jose Johnson

Jose Johnson, Founder
Jose Johnson's Chinese Martial Arts & Wellness Center
(717) 540-5345

Kids of all ages as well as their parents love these Harrisburg kids martial arts classes. That's because they focus beyond martial arts. Kids are taught self-discipline and respect as well as focus and confidence. The kids are better-behaved everywhere they go, their sense of respect improves and they perform better in school.

Our classes are results-focused and there are an array of fun activities and games for kids of all ages. Every age is perfectly catered to and the kids love these classes as they perfect their martial arts techniques and learn new ones.

Come check out our Harrisburg Kung Fu classes that our students just can't get enough of. Most people think Kung Fu is only about self-defense... but the truth is, self-defense is only the beginning.

Through working with your qi (your life force) your mind will become more clear & focused... your heart will open... and your body will become lean, toned, powerful & healthier than ever. It's not just self-defense. It's life-changing.

Tai Chi has been practiced worldwide for literally thousands of years. Discovered in China, it's quickly swept the globe, helping people bring peace, joy and calm into their lives.

And because the movements are slow and gentle, it's good for people of all ages. Men & women with health conditions and injuries can also partake in Tai Chi as well. If you have stress, anxiety, anger, or sadness you'd like to release - click now to learn how Tai Chi can help.

A glimpse into our awesome summer camp: Smiling faces... kids focusing intently on learning martial arts techniques, and helping each other in partnered activities... applause and laughter as they accomplish feats that once seemed impossible... and pure goofiness as they play games and enjoy a bit of free time.

Our martial arts summer camp has lots of fun, games and martial arts. But it's also about helping kids see that with the right attitude, discipline, and focus they can accomplish anything. Click to learn more.

Let your kid feel like a total rock star with our awesome kids birthday package. It's a fun, educational, structured birthday party involving martial arts... crazy-cool fun & games... pizza (of course!)... and more. Plus your kid will be the one-and-only star of the show!

They'll help teach martial arts to their friends... and cut the birthday cake with a real sword (carefully supervised of course!) Guaranteed to be a safe, fun, awesome experience for your child & all of his / her friends.

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At Jose Johnson’s Chinese Martial Arts & Wellness Center, our mission is to provide a life-changing experience to everyone who joins our family. With the proper amount of time, hard work and guidance, everyone has the ability to change – to improve their life, their community, the world.

Martial arts not only develops physical and mental skills, but also fosters optimum health and fitness, self-discipline, FOCUS, inner calm, POSITIVE VALUES and a balanced life.

We Care… about you, your family, your goals and dreams. You are the reason we are here. Building strong minds and strong bodies to help others is why we are passionate about teaching you and your family martial arts – one epic kick and punch at a time.

We Know… how to help you create the change you want and need. Why? Because we have done it ourselves. Martial arts training has created tremendous changes in our body, mind and entire life. And we have been serving the greater Harrisburg community since 1995, improving lives and having FUN!

Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Qigong are great ways to connect with your body, mind and spirit, as you strive to reach your full potential. Both kids and adults experience:

Beginners & All Skill Levels Welcome! Our excellent instructors take a well-planned approach to teaching beginners that focuses on the basics of martial arts, fitness, self-defense and most importantly, FUN. After all…

Martial Arts + Fitness Fun = A Winning Combination!  

Check out the super-low, RISK-FREE web special going on right now. Classes fill up fast because it’s such a great deal so reserve your spot today and watch your life change in amazing, empowering ways!

We Teach! We have an amazing curriculum that is designed to provide a LIFETIME of opportunity.

Our Heroes program helps kids 3-7 develop control of their bodies and minds.

The high-flying Youth Kung Fu uses the same training curriculum developed by the Chinese sports universities to train top athletes and action movie stars.

Adult Kung Fu stresses a balance of physical fitness, practical self-defense and ancient philosophy.

Tai Chi is perfect for older adults who want to study a martial art that can relieve their stress and improve their physical, mental and spiritual balance in a low impact setting.

And our Qigong program is designed for those with a serious desire to improve the quality of their vital energy (Qi) for health and healing.

So from the ages of 3 to 93, there is a class that’s perfect for your needs.

We Grow! Our staff is continually growing and improving. We do our best to make sure we can provide you the highest quality instruction Harrisburg has to offer by taking our own development seriously.

And not just our martial arts training. Our staff does their best to stay on top of the latest methods in sports training, learning strategies and personal development. So as you grow, we grow right along with you! 

We would love to be part of your journey to martial arts and life success by providing you with WORLD CLASS resources, a SUPPORTIVE community and a NURTURING environment to help you reach your goals.

Owner/Chief Instructor

José Johnson began his training in karate and judo as a child in 1969. In 1988, he began training in shuai-jiao and taijiquan. In 1992, he began studying with his mentor Master Nick Gracenin.

José began teaching tai chi (taiji) in the Harrisburg area in 1995. Since that time, he has taught kung fu, wushu, tai chi, qigong, and various other martial arts classes in various locations in Harrisburg, Hershey, Carlisle, and various West Shore locations. He opened his Chinese Martial Arts and Wellness Center in Susquehanna Township in 2004.  

José is a fifth generation disciple of Fu style wudang boxing. He has trained with many of the world's top masters in numerous styles and currently holds the rank of 8th Degree black belt through the International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association. José is also a certified qigong (energy work) instructor through the Qigong Empowerment Association. 

In 1993, José was a member of the USA Taiji team. In 1995, he was the USA All-Taijiquan forms grand champion and the USA Wushu Kung Fu Federation internal forms grand champion. He has coached three U.S. national all-around forms champions. He has conducted judges training and certification for the International Chinese Martial Arts Circuit, U.S. Wushu Union and U.S.A. All-Taijiquan Championships. José is also the East Coast coordinator for the International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association.

In 2008, José was included in the book "Top 100 Extraordinary Martial Artists of the World" and has been called "one of the best of the new generation of masters."

In 2015, Master Johnson was invited by his mentor Grandmaster Liang Shouyu to be part of a 100 episode mini-series for Chinese television titled "The New Legend of Martial Heroes." José was one of only 3 non-Chinese practitioners to be featured.

José is a firm believer in the saying “how you do anything is how you do everything” and bases his teaching approach around this concept. He stresses to all of his students the importance of learning how to learn, that mastery is a mindset, and that with the right amount of effort, passion, determination and guidance we can all succeed beyond our wildest dreams.

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